This show. It’s almost got me wanting to read the manga now. My thoughts here will mostly revolve about the finale, so most likely spoilers ahead…..
Anime endings on shows that follow a manga are tricky. More often than not lately the show just ends without any conclusion. When the production staff on a show decides to make its own ending, there seems to be a 50/50 chance it’ll be good or piss off an entire fandom. Luckily, this anime ending was a winner.
I was expecting a neatly tied bow for this show and I got it, after a literal flood of feels. The first half of the finale shows the princes confronting Heine on why he’s leaving. It does a great job of Heine still showing he’s capable of being stern with his students, irregardless of the situation and how much they’ve grown. When Heine does a season-wide summary of how much each prince has learned and matured I started to get a little choked up. Watching the princes openly cry their hearts out didn’t help. Kai was so sweet to comfort Leo and when his turn came around – I lost it – and had to grab the nearest tissue box. Mad tears within the first 7 minutes – DAMNIT!
The second half of the show focuses on the boys doing all they can to persuade a counsel committee why Heine should be reinstated as their tutor. They don’t get to vote on it themselves, but they aren’t excluded from making their own proposal, which I thought was a very clever way of showing how people will do everything in their power when given the opportunity. It doesn’t make anything guaranteed, but having a chance at making a change helps. And that sums up what the Princes say in their argument on why Heine should be reinstated. Giving people chances to make right a wrong, forgive and forget, pick ourselves up again, and help each other out can be difficult, but also be the defining moment to turn a life around for the better. The princes, still being young and inexperienced, give heart-felt shouting pleas to the committee. It’s obvious the speeches could’ve gone better and I think that simply shows how the boys still have a ways to go in their education. By the same token, how they’ve managed to grow this far through Heine’s instruction was clearly the take-away.
The biggest surprise was the unknown character next to Heine at the committee meeting who starting clapping first – Prince Eins. This was the first time, that I recall, we’ve ever seen the eldest prince. Unlike his younger brothers, Eins is dark haired and looks rather mean. However, he was clearly impressed by his younger siblings and showed his approval. In the same way that Kai looks intimidating, Eins also looks harsh and uninviting. I rather liked how even keeled he was as a character in the few minutes we got to hear from him. He even half chided Ernst Rosenberg to stop messing with his younger brothers. The shame on Ernst’s face made me think he’s not necessarily a mean guy but simply one who will-stop-at-nothing for those he serves in a blindly devout manner. His pride at being Eins’ steward may be more of a driving force for him than just someone who messes with people to watch them squirm. If anything, the arrival of Eins on the scene in the last moments made me curious as to where the manga would take the story and if Eins is the same sort of person as shown in the finale.